The GK Fund was founded by Colette Phillips, Michael Benezra, and Andre Porter in December of 2019 to close the racial wealth gap by facilitating access to capital, technology and mentorship for startups and small businesses BIPOC founders. The fund is supported by a dedicated network of foundations, corporations and individuals. Through its portfolio of integrated programming and partnerships, the fund helps promising BIPOC founders build connections, secure loan capital, receive a website and connect with angel investors, family offices and venture capital firms. 


Colette Phillips

President | The GK Fund

President & CEO | Colette Phillips Communications
President & CEO | Get Konnected!

Michael Benezra

Vice President | The GK Fund

COO | Colette Phillips Communications
COO | Get Konnected!

Andre Porter

Board Clerk | The GK Fund


Hon. Evelyn Murphy

Fmr. Lt. Governor

Founder | The WAGE Project

Herby Duverne

CEO | Windwalker Group

Founder | RISE Together

Co-Founder | New Commonwealth Fund 


Saskia Epstein

Vice President of Community Relations | PNC Bank

C.A. Webb

President | Kendall Square Association

Co - Founder | Underscore VC

Jay Gonzalez

Partner | Hinkley Allen

Dr. Priscilla H. Douglas

Chair, Board of Trustees | Boston Public Library 

Sean Curran

Principal | Waterville Consulting 

Anuradha Yadav

Executive Director | Startup Mentors 

Rick Musiol Jr. 

VP of External Affairs | New England Acquarium 

G. Ryan Ansin 

Co - Founder | Revolutionary Clinics 

Fmr. President | Family Office Association 

Raj Sharma 

Managing Director | Sharma Group | Merrill Private Wealth Management

Geoffrey Caraboolad

President and CEO | Metric Construction 

Susan Portin

VP of Legal Affairs | Heartland Water Technologies 

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